Brother FIDEN, Colonel Thomas John William












FIDEN, Colonel Thomas John William, USAF Ret., 94, of Richmond, Va., passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019. Raised in Buffalo N.Y., Col. Fiden graduated with an Aeronautical Engineering degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a Triple Rated Command Pilot from 1946 to 1976. While at Strategic Air Command, he set the record for the fastest Trans-Atlantic flight from Maine to England in a B-47 Stratojet. Col. Fiden also holds the record for the first nonstop flight from California to Japan, where he refueled in flight three times. Col. Fiden retired as the Director of Missile Facilities at S.A.C. Headquarters in Omaha, Neb.


After moving to Richmond in 1977 to work as Director of Engineering at St. Mary’s Hospital, he finished his career in Plant Operations at MCV-VCU. He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus at St. Bridget Catholic Church and was an active member of the American Legion.


In his spare time, Tom enjoyed volunteering, working on and driving his vintage sports car, playing golf and ending his day with a Manhattan and a “beef on a weck.”


He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles Fiden (Ruth) and Robert Fiden; and his parents, Casper and Lydia Fiden. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Virginia Fiden; daughter, Lydia “Dia” Flora (Jason); son, James “Jamie” Fiden (Marisha); four grandchildren, Everette and Anna Flora and Philip and Nicolai Fiden; brother, Donald Fiden (Patricia); and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and godchildren.


The family will receive friends and family Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., where a prayer service will begin at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2019, at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Interment will be private. Please consider donations to the Knights of Columbus, VA Council #5476 and/or to the American Legion VA Post #361.

Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference 3/23/19

 Also, March 9 is the Men’s Ministry Pilgrimage to the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Save the date.


March 23, 2019 all-day


Saint Bede, Williamsburg
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188


Center for Marriage, Family, and Life

Mark your calendars now for this annual event! Speaker information and more details will be available soon.

The Diocese of Richmond is hosting another diocesan-wide Catholic Men’s Conference! This is a one-day conference for all men over 18 to come together for a day of fellowship, prayer, and learning.

KOVAR Polar Plunge fundraising



 Just wanted to send an update about our Polar Plunge fundraising.  Currently, our Team Total is $789.00!!  This is an incredible amount going directly to the Special Olympics!  Our team goal was originally set at $2,000, however.  There’s still a little time leading up to the February 2nd event.  If any of you would like to contribute, please use the link below and then click the DONATE button.

 Or if you would like to help extend our reach with fundraising, please forward the flyer attached to your contact list of loved ones with your own personal message.

 Thank you again for your support!

 Sean Cox

(757) 342-1273


Brothers at the 46th Annual March For Life in 2019

LtoR – Bart Leahey, Ron Campbell, Sean Cox, Mark Sweeney, Mike Kozak, and Bruce Slough

Good evening, Brothers.

Last Friday, our Council joined thousands of pro-life supporters from across the country in the nation’s capital for the 46th Annual March For Life, a peaceful march for the rights of the unborn.

I personally found it to be an inspiring, hopeful event that sent a powerful message to our leaders on Capitol Hill that we are all, “Unique From Day One”, the theme for this year’s march.  The Knights of Columbus had a leading presence at the event, which included a speech by our Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, as well as a surprise appearance and speech by the Vice President, Mike Pence, and his wife, Karen.

To get a feel for the size of the event, click here to watch the Students For Life time lapse video of the march.

I’d like to recognize the Brothers from our Council – not all of whom are in the picture below – who braved the cold, damp weather to March For Life and provide a voice for the voiceless.

hundreds of thousands stood up for life

From Mike Kozak regarding the March  for Life

This is so cool!

Yesterday, hundreds of thousands stood up for the life in Washington, D.C. at the 46th annual March for Life.

This amazing event featured speakers such as Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, Ben Shapiro, Abby Johnson, Lila Rose, Dr. Alveda King, and many more!

Not only that, but hundreds of thousands of participants braved the freezing-cold weather to show our country that human life begins at conception and abortion should never be an option.

The video below will give you an idea of how many people attended and literally “marched” for life!

Watch the 1-Minute time lapse

Jean Vianney’s whole, incorrupt heart is coming to Virginia!


Dear Brother Knight,

The major relic of St. Jean Vianney’s whole, incorrupt heart is coming to Virginia! It will be at the Basilica of Saint Mary, 310 South Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 from Tuesday, Jan. 15 until Wednesday, Jan.16.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the relic will be available for veneration from 6:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. and again from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. A Holy Hour for Vocations will begin at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the relic will be available for veneration from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated on both days at 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

On Jan. 16, Fr. Patrice Chocholski, Rector of the Shrine of St. Jean Marie Vianney in Ars, France, will speak at 7 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus is organizing this “Heart of a Priest” relic pilgrimage honoring the patron of parish priests, whose holiness and integrity is a model for clergy and laity alike. We hope as many Knights and their families as possible will be able to venerate this relic.

Please share the details of this rare opportunity with your pastor and perhaps request he make an announcement.

Visit for more details.

Knights of Columbus

9 Days for Life – Jan 14-22


Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

For More Information:–For-Those-on-the-Path-of-Adoption.html?soid=1100920568270&aid=pItV3qDrRow


God has carefully, lovingly created every person—in His own image and likeness—to be in a loving relationship with Himself. From each tiny child knit within a mother’s womb, to every person approaching death, all are loved perfectly and completely by God. “It is therefore a service of love,” Pope Saint John Paul II explains, “which we are all committed to ensure to our neighbor, that his or her life may be always defended and promoted, especially when it is weak or threatened [emphasis added]” (Evangelium vitae, 77).

In a world in which the most vulnerable are so often overlooked and disregarded, Christ calls us to embrace and uphold the unconditional dignity of every human life. In doing so, we help to build “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (EV, 77).

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)


  • Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Abstain from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.
  • “Unplug” for some time, and reflect on how God may be asking you to help build a culture of life in your home, workplace, or Church community.

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

Watching the news and reading headlines, we may often feel helpless in the face of a heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. When our efforts to make a difference feel small, it’s important to remember that changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts. It includes a willingness to be instructed and a desire to be close to Jesus—the source of joy and love.

For more ideas, “How to Build a Culture of Life” ( briefly explains where to start.

Respect Life Month is joining in prayer at St Bridget

Novena: 9 Days for Life

One of the simplest ways our parish can unite during Respect Life Month is joining in prayer. Praying a Novena is an extremely accessible, yet powerful way to pray for a specific intention. To participate in our parish-wide Novena for Life, all you need to do is pray the designated prayer once a day, for nine days in a row, starting January 14th, and ending January 22nd. Click HERE to a reminder each day of the Novena.

Respect Life Holy Hour

Spending time in front of our Lord in the Eucharist is a wonderful opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection. On January 15th at 6:30 p.m. we will have Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

March for Life

Looking to head to D.C. this year for the annual March for Life? It will be held on Friday, January 18th. There will be seats to reserve on one of two shuttle buses but spaces are limited (or you can drive separately). Logistics listed below:

  • The Saint Edward’s bus will be stopping at the Saint Bridget access road by the Middle School for pick-up at 8:30 a.m. You would need to be at Saint Bridget no later than 8:15 a.m. to leave time to check in. To reserve a seat on this bus, please contact bus captain Tony Hackenburg directly at
  • There will also be a bus that departs from the Columbian Center; people will need to meet at 7:45 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure from the Pump Road location. You will then travel to the Pastoral Center to meet with the Southside bus, and depart DC at 4-4:30 p.m. To reserve a seat on this bus contact Darius, the captain for the Columbian Center bus, at
  • When signing up, please provide a mobile phone number.

For more information about the March for Life, head to their website at

Brother Knight Greg Stivers’ Wife Jennifer

STIVERS, Jennifer Marable, 49, of Rockville, Va., passed away January 4, 2019. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Ursuline Academy, where she met her soulmate and future husband, Greg. Shortly after graduating from the University of Texas in 1991, Greg and Jennifer were married. They were blessed with four beautiful children, who along with her Catholic faith, were her guideposts in her life. Her final decade was challenged by the effects of a brain injury, but her selfless love for friends and family never wavered. She found her calling in taking the Holy Eucharist to men and women at three local nursing homes along with her best friend and companion, Ludwig, her 165-pound Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. Jennifer is survived by her husband, Greg Lewis Stivers; daughters, Elizabeth Madison Stivers, Grace Reed Stivers; sons, Samuel Marable Stivers, Andrew James Stivers; sisters, Lisa Palmer (Matthew), Kathleen Boucher (Oliver), Nancy Stripling (Guy); brother, James Marable (Dawn); and many extended family members. She was preceded in death by her father, Samuel Addison Marable III; mother, Audrey V. Marable Fink; stepfather, John Fink; and brothers, Mike Fink and Samuel Marable. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Bliley’s Funeral Home, 3801 Augusta Avenue, Richmond, Va., from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. The family will share at 7 p.m. with a Rosary to follow at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, Va. In lieu of flowers, Jennifer’s family would ask that you make time monthly to visit a loved one or someone that you may not even know at a local nursing home. Your smile could change their life and their response may just change yours.


Good morning, Brothers.

 During last night’s Business Meeting, we discussed plans to support the Stivers family in a number of ways over the coming weeks. We also discussed reaching out to Monsignor Carr to offer our support this week. I reached out to Monsignor this morning, and his response is below.  

 If you’re planning to attend this Friday’s funeral services, please wear your Knights badge/pin and look for other Brothers to assist with Monsignor’s request below. The services are scheduled to begin at 10am, so I’ll plan on being there at least 45 minutes early to help coordinate.

 Fraternally,   Bart


Dedication of St. Bridget’s Completed Bell Tower

SBCC Christmas Eve 2018

This Saturday, January 12, Bishop Barry Knestout will lead the “Dedication of St. Bridget’s Completed Bell Tower and Landscaping Project” prior to 5:30pm Mass.  The congregation will gather outside in front of the Bell Tower at 5 p.m. for the Dedication, and a reception will follow in the Church Commons after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

 Specifics can be found here.  

 Thank you for your continued leadership and support.


 Bart Leahey, Grand Knight

St. Bridget Church | Knights of Columbus Council 5476

mobile: 804.240.9859